Birmingham is brimming with wonderful places to eat, so much so that more often than not I find myself constantly heading to the same places, rather than branching out and trying somewhere new.
But back in January, *I was invited to Chung Ying Central to try out their brand new menu. The day I headed there I’d been full of cold and beating off the January blues – like most people at the start of the year – but an evening of mouthwatering food and wine at this family-run restaurant soon fixed me right up.
I’ve spent the last three years working in Birmingham, yet for some reason, I’ve never paid a visit to this welcoming restaurant that I’ve heard countless people rave about how good the food is – they’re not wrong.
Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan Chinese food, but my visit to Chung Ying Central, run by James and William Wong, certainly proved that when the dishes are done well, they are simply delicious.
The new menu showcases the very best cuisine – not a sweet and sour chicken ball in sight, thank god! Instead, we were treated to a duo of bao’s for starters – one filled with delicately spiced duck that had a kick of heat, which was perfectly complemented by the other, filled with crispy sweet potato that had a soft interior with plenty of flavour – a perfect choice for any veggie diners.
The rest of the menu was an absolute dream; featuring sharing plates of stewed belly pork, which was one of my highlights as it melted in the mouth and was filled with plenty of flavour. Other delights included black pepper rib-eye beef, salted egg lobster, and fried glutenous rice. The rice wasn’t to my particular taste, but my fellow diners seemed to really enjoy it.
With each course that came, we were treated to two crisp glasses of red and white wine, presented by the wonderful Connollys Wine. Each glass perfectly complimented the meals that we were enjoying.
The food at Chung Ying Central is really a testament to both the culture, family and staff that work so hard to produce some of the best Chinese food in the city. I’ve heard their Dim Sum is to die for, so I can’t wait to head back for my next visit.
You can find Chung Ying Central on Colmore Row, and I highly suggest you go and pay it a visit for some knock-out food. And if wine’s your thing, pop in and see the team at Connollys in Great Western Arcade.
Disclaimer – This experience was part of a media event. I didn’t pay for my meal, but I was happy to share my experience.